(WAFB) - Three contestants are vying to be the next Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana.
Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana is held in Baton Rouge, and the winner will go on to compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America competition in summer of 2020.
The competition will be held Nov. 2 at Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Hospital. The day-long event culminates in the competition/crowning gala beginning at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Each contestant will give a speech about at the crowning ceremony. During her reign, the winner will travel around Louisiana advocating for those with disabilities.
Karen Roy wore the crown in 2018 and was also named Ms. Wheelchair American in 2019. She’s hoping to inspire the three finalists on their journey.
“It has been an opportunity of a lifetime and I look forward to helping the newly-crowned Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2020 as she takes her message around the state providing education and promoting advocacy for individuals with disabilities,” Roy said.
When she was 19, Roy was shot in the back during an armed robbery and was left paralyzed from the waist down.
In July of 2018, Roy was further recognized for her advocacy efforts by being crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2019.
The Ms. Wheelchair America program was established in 1972 as a forum for promoting the achievements and needs of persons with mobility challenges.
The Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana competition is a program of the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (BIALA)/Louisiana chapter of the United Spinal Association.